1. Start the night with an empty dish rack or dishwasher.
Tackling dirty dishes after dinner isn't a chore I enjoy. Especially if there's a dish rack to empty or dishwasher to unload first. It's easier and less daunting to tackle a sink full of dirty dishes when the dishwasher is already empty.
2. Get a head start with a bowl of soapy hot water by the sink.
When it comes to cooking, we've talked a lot about cleaning as you go , so think of this little tip as an extension of that. It's helpful to keep a large container of soapy hot water near the sink, then drop dirty utensils and tools in as you finish using them. It gives you a jumpstart on dishwashing, plus it prevents utensils from cluttering the bottom of the sink.
4. Keep a clear sink and store sponges in the dishwasher.
I love this reader tip for storing sponges in the dishwasher. It keeps your counter and sink free from clutter, and your sponges are always clean. It's a win-win.
5. Know what isn't meant for the dishwasher.
Dishwashers are a kitchen luxury that make cleanup a much faster and easier task. But a dishwasher is not a catchall for all your tools and dinnerware. There are actually a number of pots, pans, and servingware that should always be washed by hand.
6. Your dishwasher needs a little TLC once in a while.
Running load after load of dirty plates and bowls can take its toll on a dishwasher after a while. So, to keep it working well, it needs a little TLC every once in a while. Be sure to do things like clean the dishwasher trap and seals, and run an empty load with vinegar.